Fabric Labels: Sew-In vs. Iron-On Labels


If you are a fashion designer, crafter or simply want to get some fabric labels for your handmade creations, clothing or accessories; you have come to the right place!

Let’s be honest here, you need fabric labels for your handmade items. They are the most distinctive and cost effective way to custom brand your line.

So, now that you’ve decided to take that next step in creating your custom woven labels, it’s time for the next decision. Deciding how you want to adhere your label to your creations.


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Should You Iron or Should You Sew?

If you are debating these options, then you are probably already keenly aware that either method will work for your products. One can quickly rule out iron-on labels if their line includes swimwear, active wear, or otherwise items that will spend a lot of time in the washer/dryer, ocean or swimming pools.

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For the other, less obvious reasons, we have put together a brief list for you to compare both ways of affixing your labels.

Things to know about Iron on Fabric Labels & Method

  • Most iron-on labels can be affixed with a regular iron and board.
  • Know your product. Not all surfaces are equal and some may require special attention or both methods. (think burlap or canvas)
  • Iron on labels are ideal for people who cannot sew or do not have access to a sewing machine.
  • The temperature required may be too hot for delicate fabrics. (think silk, satin, wool).
  • Iron on labels work great for odd shaped garments. (think hats, ties, scarves).
  • Iron on labels are durable but a garment that gets washed frequently might cause the label to peel off. (think swimwear, socks, gym clothes)
  • Iron on labels can not be considered a permanent solution and may come off after normal wear and tear. For more temporary solutions, take a look at our adhesive clothing labels page.

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Things to know about the Sew On Fabric Labels

  • All sew in labels can be affixed with a machine or by hand.
  • Sew in labels can be applied to any fabric. This is an advantage to iron-on.
  • Sew in labels are permanent, minus being forcibly removed by the customer.
  • Sew in labels work great on any shaped garment. The main drawback is accessing the area with a machine or by hand. (think hats, inside handbags, etc.)
  • Sew in labels are not at risk on frequently wet or washed garments.
  • Sew in labels can be considered a permanent solution.

The good news is, we are here for you prepared to walk you through this decision. If this clarified for you what type of label you want; then great! If you still are unsure, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help.

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